Reiger Park protest: Police accused of using excessive force

It’s understood residents are complaining about continued crime, the lack of services in their community, and ongoing power outages.

FILE: Rocks blockade a road during a protest. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Reiger Park residents in Ekurhuleni have accused police of using excessive force ahead of a planned shutdown over service delivery issues.

It’s understood residents are complaining about continued crime, the lack of services in their community, and ongoing power outages.

A resident says officers have been too heavy-handed.

“…The police are shooting at innocent bystanders. We are struggling with electricity; we don’t get houses [and] people have been waiting for over 50 years.”

Police have not yet been available for comment.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)